Labrador? Poodle? No, it's a labradoodle. The beauty of a labradoodle is there's a size range to choose from. As the poodle comes in toy, miniature and standard sizes, it's offspring can range in size when paired with a Labrador. However, because it's a crossbreed, you won't know his ultimate size until he's fully grown.
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Adding a labradoodle puppy into the fold carries an element of risk because you may not know how big he'll be until he's fully grown. An adult Labrador retriever stands between 21 and 24 inches at the shoulder and can reach between 50 and 80 pounds. The largest poodle, the standard, stands over 15 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 40 and 55 pounds. The miniature poodle stands between 10 and 15 inches and weighs between 12 and 15 pounds while the toy only ways five to 10 pounds and maxes out at 10 inches tall. When it's time for romance, the results can be a surprise. Genetics can be complicated and pairing a small dog with a big dog doesn't necessarily result in a medium. The labradoodle can stand anywhere from 14 to 24 inches tall and come in three different sizes. The miniature weighs between 15 and 30 pounds; the medium weighs 30 to 45 pounds and the standard is 45 to 80 pounds. Much as size is a guessing game, so is the coat, which may be curly like a poodle's, flat like a Labrador's or something shaggy in between. Chances are, however, you'll have an intelligent dog with a friendly disposition.
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